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    1. New C. diff Drug OK'd by FDA Panel

      April 5, 2011 – The FDA should approve Optimer's fidaxomicin for the treatment of the C. diff superbug, an expert advisory panel today unanimously agreed. C. diff ( Clostridium difficile ) infects as many as 3 million Americans every year, making it the top bacterial cause of severe diarrhea in the

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    2. Bulking Agent May Help Fecal Incontinence

      March 16, 2011 -- It is a common, life-altering medical condition, but you aren’t likely to see a celebrity taking up the cause or a telethon devoted to finding a cure. More than 5 million Americans have some degree of fecal incontinence. And many suffer in silence because they are too embarrassed t

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    3. Inflammatory Bowel Disease Raises Blood Clot Risk

      Feb. 22, 2011 -- Inflammatory bowel disease may more than double the risk of a serious blood clot in the legs or lungs, according to a new study. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term that includes a variety of intestinal disorders, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Rese

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    4. New Treatment for Celiac Disease?

      Feb. 9, 2011 -- Blocking an inflammatory protein called interleukin-15 (IL-15) may help treat the symptoms of celiac disease and prevent the development of celiac disease in certain at-risk people, according to new research in mice published in Nature. Celiac disease is an autoimmune and inflammator

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    5. New Antibiotic Fights C. diff Infections

      Feb. 2, 2011 -- A new antibiotic, fidaxomicin, is as effective as vancomycin in curing C. diff ( Clostridium difficile ) infections and may be better at reducing recurrences, new research shows. ''A cure -- that means getting over the diarrhea -- was the same for both, about 90%,'' says researcher S

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    6. Celiac, Crohn's Disease Share Common Genetic Links

      Jan. 27, 2011 -- An international team of researchers has identified four genetic variants common to celiac disease and Crohn?s disease. The research may help to explain why people who have celiac disease appear to have a higher rate of Crohn?s disease than the general population. It may one day lea

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    7. 2 Weeks of Antibiotic Therapy Relieves IBS

      Jan. 5, 2011 -- A two-week course of the antibiotic rifaximin (Xifaxan) helps to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and the relief lasts up to 10 weeks after stopping the medication, according to new research. ''The major finding was that all IBS symptoms improved," says Mark Pi

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    8. Secrecy May Be Unnecessary for Placebo Effect

      Dec. 22, 2010 -- Patients with irritable bowel syndrome felt better after knowingly taking a placebo, suggesting that the secrecy of giving patients “dummy pills” may not be necessary, Harvard researchers report. In a trial involving 80 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), investigators fro

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    9. Heartburn Drugs Linked to Pneumonia Risk

      Dec. 20, 2010 -- New research suggests that one out of every 200 patients being treated with gastric acid-suppressive drugs for heartburn and other conditions may develop pneumonia. Researchers led by Chun-Sick Eom, MD, MPH, from Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea, conducted a review

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    10. 13 Million Packs of Rolaids Recalled

      Dec. 9, 2010 -- Some 13 million packages of Rolaids Softchews may contain metal and wood particles and are being recalled by Johnson & Johnson. It's the latest in a long string of snafus to plague J&J's McNeil division. The firm earlier this year recalled various lots of Mylanta, Tylenol, Children's

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